GENEVA--The St. Lawrence University field hockey team suffered a 3-1 loss on Saturday afternoon in Geneva, NY against nationally-ranked #17 Franklin & Marshall.
The Diplomats remain unbeaten on the season, improving to 5-0 overall, while St. Lawrence falls to 2-2 and will face Manhattanville tomorrow at 1:00pm at William Smith College.
Eileen O'Reilly needed only 36 seconds to put Franklin & Marshall on top, 1-0. Allison McLaren sent a cross in front the right wing and O'Reilly was there to deflect it past St. Lawrence goalkeeper Maureen McCoy for the early tally. However, the tandem wasn't done, as O'Reilly re-directed a shot by McLaren past McCoy only 7:43 later for the 2-0 advantage. The goals were O'Reilly's sixth and seventh of the season.
The Diplomats, who finished with a 14-1 advantage in shots on goal in the first half, continued to pile on the chances behind five penalty corners. After rookie netminder Nicole Matos replaced McCoy at 8:46, Becky Willert capped the Franklin & Marshall scoring at 14:44 when her blast from the top of the scoring circle beat Matos for a 3-0 lead.
Matos settled into her new spot and turned in seven saves the rest of the way to keep the Saints in the game. However, the Scarlet and Brown's offense struggled to get going against the Diplomats, generating only five shots throughout the game.
St. Lawrence got onto the scoreboard at 53:34 when Emma Meyer scored her first collegiate goal on Franklin & Marshall goalie Sarah Dileo. The Bristol, VT native managed to fire a shot past Dileo off of a scramble in front, pulling the Saints to within two at 3-1 with 16:26 remaining. Senior Brooke Maloney was credited with an assist on the goal. However, Franklin & Marshall was able to protect its lead and keep their unblemished record intact, closing out St. Lawrence by the score of 3-1.
The No. 17 Diplomats finished with an 8-3 advantage in penalty corners and a 20-5 edge in shots. Dileo made four saves for Franklin & Marshall, while McCoy made three saves in 8:46 of action.